UPDATE: On February 20, the Humboldt County Planning Commission voted 4-1 to postpone the Special Permit on the fallen Elk River billboard until more information is provided. The new hearing date was scheduoled for March 19, but has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.The billboard uprights snapped in a windstorm on Nov. 27, and although billboards are not allowed in wetlands or floodplains - and the County does not allow billboards anywhere but lands zoned for commercial or industrial uses - the county staff is recommending approval.
The County's staff report was posted on Friday, March 13. Staff is recommending an exemption from environmental review under CEQA.
If visual blight from commercial billboards in scenic coastal areas is a concern to you, please save the date and stayed tuned for more info as we get it.